Cameron Jordan and Taysom Hill have both not played up to par, and it’s been a major reason the Saints have started the first three games with a losing record.
The New Orleans Saints were preseason ranked a top-five team. Now, they’ve fallen outside of the top ten after three games. How did that happen?
Well, it really started in Week 2. While Week 1 set the season on the right foot with a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it did show some of the team’s flaws. They didn’t pressure Tom Brady overly well and played from behind a bit before turning on the heat.
Then in Week 2, they were absolutely gobbled up by Darren Waller. He went for 12 receptions and was the difference-maker in the primetime victory. Week 3 was just Aaron Rodgers doing his thing with little resistance as the Saints gave up 37 points.
Throughout all these games, two Saints haven’t performed up to par, and it’s been Cam Jordan and Taysom Hill.
In the team’s Week 3 matchup, Hill had under ten all-purpose yards, including passing yardage as well. Hill has under 100 passing, rushing, and receiving yards combined this season. Hill was ripped after following the Saints’ Week 3 loss.
Cam Jordan ripped himself as the team’s defense has given up over 30 points the past two weeks. “I’m putting everything on defense more than I would put on an offense that just put 30 points on the board,” Jordan said according to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk.
Jordan knows he has to be better. He’s had zero sacks to start the season.
While he had just two through the first four games of 2019 and then erupted to be his dominant self the back half of the season, Jordan’s lack of pressure on the quarterback has been a bit of a concern, especially since he has just one quarterback hit, something he had 25 of all last season.
Jordan and Hill have both proven that they can be that guy for the Saints’ defensive and offensive respectively. While Jordan is relied upon a bit more heavily, both will be major factors for how the team is going to get itself back on track.
This team will be better, and it’ll be them leading the way.